Here are my top picks from the August 18 Vintages Release. You can also get all 82 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.

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2010 Maculan Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy
Vibrant and zesty pinot grigio that I recommend year after year. Mouth-watering acidity for food, great aperitif. Lime and lemon aromas. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015.  734921  12.5%  XD  750 mL  $13.95  Score: 88/100.  Best Value White Wine

 

 

 

2009 Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Monterey County, California
Full-bodied with generous oak that’s supported by ripe orchard fruit aromas and flavours. Classic Californian Chardonnay. Drink: 2012-2016.  958975  14.5%  D  750 mL  $34.95  Score: 92/100. Top Rated White Wine

 

 

 

2009 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Mint and blackberry on the nose. Juicy, full-bodied, rich and delicious on the palate. Amazing price. Drink: 2012-2015.  744235  14%  XD  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine

 

 

 

2010 Famille Perrin La Gille, Rhône, France
Lovely! Full-bodied, savoury and delicious! Aromas of cedar, wild black cherry and forest floor. Drink: 2012-2018.  906073  14.5%  XD  750 mL  $29.95  Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine

 

 

2011 Domaine Sainte Marie Rosé, Côtes De Provence, France
Lovely and light with rose petal and tiny field raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with: pan-fried freshwater fish, raw vegetables and an aioli dip. Drink: 2012-2014.  283564  12.5%  XD  750 mL  $15.95  Score: 89/100. Best Value Rosé

 

 

2011 Francis Coppola Sofia Domino Blanc De Blancs, Monterey County, California
Floral and pretty almost moscato like and floral like a fritz torrontes. Terrific price. Pair with: tempura appetizers. Drink: 2012-2014.  128314  12%  D  750 mL  $19.95  Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine